Lively Little Folk

Lively Little Folk

Above Tyler Wears: Nico Nico Santana poncho in weave, Nico Nico Bolt trouser shorts in weave. Maya wears: Mabo short sleeve tee in natural, Mabo vest in denim, Nico Nico Lewis pants in willow. Ava wears: Soor Ploom Maude playsuit in blue gingham. Elle wears: Mabo half moon slip dress in floral. Below Maya wears: […]

Spring is Beautiful

Spring is Beautiful

Above Maya wears: Nico Nico Savannah top in melon, Nico Nico Sadie skirt in fog. Elle wears: Soor Ploom Philomena dress in liberty floral Ava wears: Mabo Edith blouse in cream gauze (Top worn as a dress, in a larger size.) Below Maya wears: Soor Ploom peasant tunic in seafoam, Mabo James track shorts in […]

Reeves Reed Arboretum

Reeves Reed Arboretum

A short drive from New York city, in Summit NJ is a hidden gem called Reeves Reed Arboretum. It was once a privately owned estate that is now open to the public. Famous for the daffodil bowl which is in fact a hillside curved like a bowl, full of daffodils. There is a path to […]

It Is Almost Maypole

It Is Almost Maypole

With maypole only a week away, it means it is time to stop and smell the flowers! Maypole, which happens on May Day  (May 1st) is a day full of lovely traditions. It is a day to wear flowers in your hair, sing and skip with ribbons and to leave flower offerings on the doorsteps […]

Snowflake Easter Eggs

Snowflake Easter Eggs

  On Spring equinox we remove the Winter snowflakes and make them into Easter eggs. This was one of those projects that happened naturally by putting  1 + 1 together and by being inspired to work with what we’ve got. I love the recycled aspect of this craft as the paper snowflakes we made in […]

Blossom Bonnet

Blossom Bonnet

I woke on this Saturday morning with a clear goal to to make a flower bathing cap, like you would have seen in the 50″s, but with real, fresh cherry blossoms. We had spent the week admiring the  blooming double cherry blossoms and I think my annual attraction to playing with them here and here […]

Reeves Reed Daffodil Bowl

Reeves Reed Daffodil Bowl

One afternoon last week  Elle and I collected Maya from school and we drove to the Reeves Reed Arboretum. It is in a neighbouring town not too far from our house. Close enough to make it an after school trip. This was the first time we had been there. Much like Van Vleck House, which […]

Easter Morning

Easter Morning

We had a lovely Easter morning. The girls came in separately to my bedroom with Easter baskets in hand at 3 and 3:15am. Elle was the first to come in and I suspect she woke up Maya. I heard her little feet patter in and with four year old exuberance said “My basket is full […]

Easter Wheatgrass

Easter Wheatgrass

When our girls grow up and remember their childhood Easters, they will likely think of wheatgrass. Similarly, when our girls grow up and drink wheatgrass, they will likely think of Easter. We are a little wheatgrass crazy this time of year, can’t get enough of the gorgeous green stuff. I started growing wheatgrass for Easter […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

My goodness, Easter is upon us and here I am doing my first Easter post. I apologize for not getting to this sooner, but you still have time my friends to make natural dye and colour eggs before Easter Sunday! This was our first time making our own dye and colouring eggs naturally. I have […]

Maypole 2012

Maypole 2012

You know something has become a tradition when I start titling it by the year, for example…Maypole 2012. It makes me so happy to know we have settled in America for long enough to have a larger pattern and rhythm forming in our life…we now have annual traditions….and lucky for us, Maypole is one of […]

Branch Brook Cherry Blossoms

Branch Brook Cherry Blossoms

Spring flowers seemed to come and go in a week this year with yo-yo weather making the flowers bloom early, and over quickly. We were lucky that the week of Spring break was the peak of the cherry trees blooming and so we made a trip to Branch Brook Park to enjoy the blossoms. This […]

Easter Party

Easter Party

This time last week we were celebrating Spring with an Easter party. I invited the families in our street with small children and some of our friends. We could not have asked for a nicer day, the sun shone brightly, and our Easter party was lovely in so many ways. I decorated the dogwood tree […]

New Jersey Botanical Gardens

New Jersey Botanical Gardens

I am not sure where the days have gone, but my goodness they slip away….Not last Thursday, but the Thursday before, Thursday March 22nd…we spent the day at the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, which is also the site of Skyland Manor. This was an exceptionally warm day of early Spring, with the predicted temperature to climb […]

Vernal Equinox

Vernal Equinox

To celebrate vernal equinox I organized a spring planting project for Maya’s class. I was inspired by the wheat grass baskets the teachers from Maya’s Waldorf Playgroup had done in the past and decided I wanted to carry on this tradition with Maya’s Montessori Kindergarten class. It is a lovely project to do with young […]

Albermarle Road

Albermarle Road

On Thursday last week the Girls and I were eager to relish each and every moment of the perfect Spring weather. After dinner went back outside for an evening stroll before the sun set. We really enjoy the hour  6pm – 7pm, between dinner and bed for an evening walk this time of year. The […]

Maypole

Maypole

  On Sunday we celebrated Spring with Maya’s Waldorf Playgroup Maypole event. Maypole comes but once a year, and all year long I look forward to it. The experience of Maypole has an out of regular life quality – through the simply act of friends coming together, putting flower garlands upon our heads and dancing, […]

Botanic Blossoms

Botanic Blossoms

We made our way to the BBG to enjoy Hanami – Hanami at BBG is a month-long event from April 2 to May 1 that celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. This weekend the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens hold an annual blossom festival – Sakura Matsuri, celebrating the blooming of the cherry […]

Petal Power

Petal Power

Around this time of Spring in New York City there is an abundance of flowers. It seems like everything is in bloom. For a few week around the end of April and the first weeks of May, everywhere you look you are likely to see garden beds and trees radiant with spring colours. The colour […]

 Spring In Our Street

Spring In Our Street

I can feel myself breathing in the beauty and exhaling a deep sigh of contentment and pleasure for the change of season. Our neighbourhood is at it’s prettiest with big old trees blooming over thick green manicured lawns. Bulbs are standing tall and proud, holding their blooming heads up saying “Spring is here!” The warmer […]